Planning to Restructure Active Directory Domains Between Forests

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Applies to: Active Directory Migration Tool 3.2 (ADMT 3.2)

Completing the necessary planning tasks before you begin your migration helps ensure that users can continue to log on to the network and access resources during the migration. Planning your domain restructure involves the following:

  • Determining your account migration process

  • Assigning object locations and roles

  • Developing a test plan

  • Creating a rollback plan for use if the migration fails

  • Managing users, groups, and user profiles

  • Creating an end-user communication plan

To prepare for the restructuring process, the Active Directory deployment team must obtain the necessary design information from the Active Directory design team.

The following illustration shows the steps involved in planning to restructure Active Directory domains between forests.